Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Shocked Chiefs attend memorial service for Jovan Belcher
|12.06.12 at 8:03 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Broncos at Raiders, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Xavier, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Long Beach State at Syracuse, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Chiefs players and staff attended a private memorial service Wednesday for Jovan Belcher, the linebacker who killed his girlfriend and then himself over the weekend.
General manager Scott Pioli gave a eulogy for Belcher during the one-hour service. Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel tried to calm Belcher before the player shot himself in the stadium parking lot on Saturday.
“It was rough on him,” Hall of Famer Bobby Bell said of Pioli. “It’s a sad situation. You never want to be put under those situations. … You don’t want to see things like that. For him to get up and say something, I don’t know how he got through it.”
Chiefs players attending the service had little or nothing to say, but Bell summed up their feelings.
“You don’t wish this on anyone,” said Bell, a Chiefs linebacker/defensive end from 1963-74. “He’s done what he did, and it’s over with, and now we have to sit back and see where we go from here. I’m in a daze. … I can’t understand a young kid, 25 years old … his life is in front of him, and for it to be cut this short.
“Now the team has to move forward. It’s tough on them. A lot of the guys … when you see somebody and played with them, your buddy, your friend … he was just too young, man.”
Meanwhile, it was reported Wednesday that the estate of guardian of Belcher’s infant daughter will receive more than $1 million under terms of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.
♦ Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who served jail time after accidentally discharging a gun at a nightclub when he was with the Giants, talked about NFL players and guns in the wake of the Belcher murder-suicide. Burress said he didn’t think NFL players would change their attitudes despite the tragedy in Kansas City.
“Things like this happen to people every day,” Burress told USA Today. “It just happened to be Jovan, somebody that we knew. That’s why we’re having this discussion. But it goes on in society all the time.”
Added Burress: “It’s not really the culture of the NFL, it’s about what’s going on in society today.”
♦ Gerald Wallace became the second NBA player to be fined for flopping, joining Nets teammate Reggie Evans on the list of offenders. Wallace was fined $5,000 Wednesday, after the league reviewed his third-quarter dive while guarding LeBron James during Saturday’s 102-89 loss to the Heat. Wallace’s first flop came during a 96-89 overtime victory over the Knicks, when he was defending Carmelo Anthony.
The Nets are the only team with more than one player who violated the new rules.
♦ Utah State basketball player Danny Berger was in critical condition Wednesday after collapsing at practice a day earlier. The 22-year-old junior had to be revived via CPR and a defibrillator after he stopped breathing.
Berger’s older brother, John, read from a prepared statement Wednesday and thanked assistant athletic trainer Mike Williams for his prompt response.
“He saved my brother’s life and I thank God for him,” an emotional John Berger said.
Wednesday night’s scheduled game at Brigham Young was postponed due to Berger’s situation.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 6, 1976, the Red Sox traded a young Cecil Cooper to the Brewers for which two players?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think if you cheated, no, you don’t deserve it because I know how difficult it was for me to get there and how difficult it was for me just to compete on an everyday basis. I think if you cheated I think you made a decision and I don’t think you belong.” – Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, talking about the candidacy of players such as Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, who will be voted on in January
STAT OF THE DAY: 5 – NBA players with 30,000 career points, as Kobe Bryant reached the milestone Wednesday night to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain
‘NET RESULTS: Here’s a full-court shot from a guy who decided to make it more challenging by doing it backwards.
TRIVIA ANSWER: George Scott and Bernie Carbo
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith, who died in 2008, was born on this day in 1943.
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